A hair weave, also known as hair extensions, can give an appearance of fuller, thicker and longer hair. It can be a great way to express yourself by trying different colors or textures. It can also trick many people into believing that it is real hair. Achieving a natural look requires using the correct techniques.
Bonding is perhaps the easiest method of hair weaving. The technique lasts one to several weeks, before needing to be removed in order to avoid excessive damage. The bonding process involves using a special hair weaving glue to attach the hair wefts to your real hair which is parted in small sections. Bonding glues come in two colors–black and white. Black colored bonding glue is best for dark colored hair weaves. White bonding glue is best for blond hair weaves. It is best to have the assistance of someone else, because it is difficult to apply bonded wefts to areas that you may not see well such as the back of your head.
When bonding, first part a section of your hair. Next, apply a light coating of the glue to the hair weave weft. Finally, apply the bonded weft to the roots of the hairs on the part. Never place glue on the scalp. Allow the attachment to dry. Using a blow-dryer can help speed the drying process. Removal of the bonding technique should be done in a cautious manner, making sure that you do not pull on your real hair. Use special products, such as bonding glue remover, to remove bonding glue to prevent damage.
A sew-in weave is a great way for your real hair to take a break from the daily styling it endures. It typically lasts up to three months. This technique uses a needle and thread that sews the hair weave wefts into your hair. In order for the technique to be effective, your real hair must be cornrowed–the smaller the cornrows, the flatter the weave. A flatter weave in effect creates a more realistic weave. The needle used for a sew-in comes in two forms–straight and curved. Curved needles are more often used than straight needles because they are easier to use and lessen the risk of poking the scalp while sewing. The thread used for a sew-in weave comes in several neutral colors from black to tan. This thread cannot be substituted with regular sewing thread because regular sewing thread is not as strong as hair weave thread. Your real hair should be maintained underneath the weave, so damage does not occur. The removal process of this technique involves cutting the thread that is attached to the hair wefts and braids. It is helpful to enlist the assistance of someone who can help you prevent cutting your real hair in the process.
Fusion is a more expensive technique to apply a hair weave than bonding or sewing. It can last up to four to six months.The technique involves using wax, either hot or cold, to attach a bulk hair weave to your real hair strand by strand. The result is that the wefts appear to be growing out of your own head. Hot fusion uses a heated wax that is used to attach the hair weave. The effect is a natural looking hair weave, however, the hot wax used in hot fusion may harden the attachment point. Because this part of the hair is stiff, it can be difficult to move the hair as freely as you would like. This can create a unnatural appearance in some cases. Cold fusion uses a non heated wax made from a keratin-based polymer. Cold fusion doesn’t stiffen the hair strand as hot fusion does, and gives a more natural appearance. It is also good to use on thin or fragile hair that may have been unable to withstand the heat of hot fusion.